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Swallowing and Esophageal Disorders Surgery
Wednesday, April 10, 2013 - 12 Noon (Eastern Time)

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Siva Raja, MD, PhD

  • Thoracic Surgeon
  • Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery

David Mason, MD

  • Thoracic Surgeon
  • Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery

As one of the largest, most experienced cardiac and thoracic surgery groups in the world, our surgeons offer virtually every type of thoracic surgery. We specialize in very complex cases as well as groundbreaking surgeries procedures, such as minimally invasive thoracic surgery. Thoracic Surgeons treat a variety of patients that require surgery on the heart, lungs, esophagus, and other organs in the chest. Areas of focus for thoracic surgeons are lung cancer, severe emphysema, cancer of the esophagus, gastro esophageal reflux disease, hiatal hernias, swallowing disorders such as achalasia and excess sweating, usually of the upper extremity called hyperhydrosis.

Take this opportunity to learn more about disease that can be treated by a thoracic surgeon and have your questions answered in a secure online setting with Dr. Siva Raja and Dr. David Mason from the Cleveland Clinic.

Siva Raja, MD, PhD, is a thoracic surgeon in the Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery in the Sydell and Arnold Miller Family Heart & Vascular Institute. He is board certified in surgery, and his specialty interests include lung and esophageal cancer.

Since 2000, Dr. Raja has authored more than two dozen articles in leading surgery journals on esophageal cancer, lung cancer and other thoracic diseases and contributed chapters to five medical textbooks. He has presented at meetings of the American Association for Thoracic Surgery, the Society of Thoracic Surgeons and other professional organizations. Dr. Raja’s professional memberships include the American College of Surgeons, the American Medical Association and the General Thoracic Surgery Club. He holds two patents related to the molecular diagnosis of cancer.

David Mason, MD is a staff surgeon in the Cleveland Clinic Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery. He holds joint appointments as a staff surgeon in the Clinic's Transplantation Center in the Division of Surgery and in the Cleveland Clinic Cancer Center. He specializes in general thoracic surgery . He has a particular interest in minimally invasive surgery including robotic surgery, thoracoscopic and laparoscopic surgery. His clinical interests include lung cancer, esophageal cancer, malignant mesothelioma, lung volume reduction surgery, myasthenia gravis, antireflux surgery, hyperhidrosis, and lung transplantation. He has research interests in all of these areas. Dr. Mason is board certified in general and thoracic surgery.

He has authored or co-authored multiple chapters in medical textbooks on his specialty interests including minimally invasive surgery, video asssisted thoracoscopic (VATS) lobectomy, antireflux surgery, multimodality treatment of lung cancer and esophageal cancer. He has published extensively in leading publications such as the Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, Annals of Thoracic Surgery, Journal of Thoracic Oncology, Circulation, Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation, and Transplantation.

Dr. Mason is a member of The American Association for Thoracic Surgery, Society of Thoracic Surgeons, the International Society of Heart and Lung Transplantation , American College of Surgeons, American Society of Transplant Surgeons and the American College of Chest Physicians.

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